Keep Or Discard Tips To Declutter Your Closet

Planning To Declutter Your Closet

So you are looking for tips to declutter your closet? Look no further I have all the advice you’ll need. The first thing you need to do is to plan ahead. If you are building a capsule wardrobe make sure you know what colours you are going to include, and what styles you prefer. A good way to get started is to create a Pinterest board for colours you like and one for styles you like and suit you. Spend your time with it so that you get a clear idea of what you love again before you start removing items from your wardrobe. 

For further help consider the help of a personal styling session or a colour analysis. Both will help you focus on what will work for you and what will not. Choosing colours and styles you know suit you is a great place to start because it saves money and time in the long run. Next, consider your lifestyle and the climate you live in so as to match the styles and colours to your needs. 

Decide Where To Declutter Your wardrobe

Plan where you will declutter your clothes. Ideally, you need a large space so you can lay the clothes out and see clearly how many items you have of one particular style. If you are stuck for time, or you have a very large collection of clothes, consider breaking the declutter down into categories of garment type. For example, you might start with belts, then move on to bags, jackets, trousers etc. 

Layout the clothes so you can see them all together. Get them from the loft, shed, basement, car wherever they are. Do not forget anything, only this way you can see how much you have and declutter efficiently. 

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Divide Your Lifestyle Up To Decide what To Keep And What To Discard

Look at what you do on a weekly or monthly basis and divide it up into percentages. By doing this you can see how many duplicates you need for a particular area of your lifestyle. 

Use the details from the colours you have chosen, the styles you love, your lifestyle and the climate you live in to determine what you need and love. 

Next, you can look at each item and decide if it is one you keep or one you discard. Where possible donate or sell and if that is not possible, consider fabric banks to minimise the impact of landfill. 

What To Keep And What To Discard

When deciding whether to keep something or to discard it, consider the following;

  1. Damaged clothes – Remove anything that is damaged and either fix it immediately or take it to someone who can fix it. If that is not possible, place it somewhere to remind you to get it mended or remove it entirely.
  2. Duplicates – Based on your lifestyle decide how many duplicates of. a garment you need. It will largely depend on how many times you do a wash cycle and how often you wear that type of garment. Choose the best based on the newest, best quality, most durable, most comfortable and most practical. 
  3. Clothes that no longer fit – Unless you are actively working towards a weight goal and seeing results, or you have recently been pregnant or have a medical condition, anything that does not fit should be put aside. If you are not sure, put the items away for one season somewhere you can get them, but that is not in front of you every day. If at the end of that season you have not got them out to wear then remove them completely. 
  4. Uncomfortable clothes – Come on, I know it reminds you of Benidorm, or it cost you a lot of money, but if you walk past it every time you go to put something on because it is uncomfortable what is the point? Sell it and buy something similar that is comfortable. 
  5. The last time you wore it – When was the last time you wore it? Unless it is for a seasonal or yearly event like for example skiing, if you have not worn it for over a year let it go. 

Once you have created your capsule wardrobe be very careful about what you buy in the future so it does not become overwhelming again. A good way to see what you wear is to turn the hangers back to front every time you wear something. At the end of the season, you can see what to keep and what to consider donating. For more help on decluttering and building a capsule wardrobe download my FREE Capsule Wardrobe Guide or book a free consultation with me to join many other men and women to learn how I can help you reach your dream wardrobe goals. 

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What Next?

The information given in the post is the best of my knowledge at the time of writing. If you are embarking on anything new get professional advice if required.

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